Convicted dealer in heroin deaths handed 10 – 20 prison sentence
HARRISBURG, PA (WPMT) — Zachery P. Stoss, 25, of Harrisburg, was sentenced in Dauphin County Court yesterday to 10-20 years in a state prison for delivering drugs to two Dauphin County residents that resulted in their deaths.
Stoss was accused in 2013 of delivering heroin to a 23 year old female which resulted in her overdose death. In April of 2014, a second individual, a 23 year old male, died of a heroin overdose after being delivered drugs by Stoss.
After an extensive investigation by Lower Paxton Township Police; the Dauphin County Drug Task Force; and DEA, it was determined that the deaths were attributable to the drug activity of Stoss. Stoss was then charged with two counts of drug delivery resulting in death and two counts of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.
Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Daniel Cherry heard the emotional impact statements of friends and family members of the deceased. All expressed that the victims have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their own decisions to use drugs, but asked the Court to also hold the defendant accountable for his actions that led to their deaths.
While Stoss apologized for his actions, Judge Cherry said that Stoss’s sentence needed to reflect the devastation that drug dealing causes within our society.